Brits and the Plaza de San Martin
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May 16th, 2006 – by: monicaflory
Met a nice couple in our hostel today who we ended up asking to come to dinner with us. They are from London and will be traveling around the world for 8 1/2 months. We ended up going to another barrio in Buenos called Retiro, which is where the bus station and La Plaza de San Martin is located. The bus stations here are like airports, complete with business men in suits and whole families traveling the continent. After we bought our 16 hour bus ride tickets to Salta, we walked to the La Plaza de San Martin, who is a continental hero down here. He is credited to have liberated many countries, and is very revered. The plaza is more like a park, located on a grassy knoll, where young argentines can be seen cuddling. A tiled walkway, that is buckling due to the large tree roots underneath it, leads to a large bronze statue of the general on a horse, surrounded by rather graphic depictions of the battle surrounding him. Very large, lush, green trees canopy the park and make it a comfortable and popular destination for Argentines and touristas alike. We stopped at a cafe that neighbors the park for cafe con leche and medialunas, which are very similar to sweet crescent rolls. Upon returning to the hostel we saw the British couple, Sophie and Tony, and asked them to come out to eat Arabic with us. That meant there were two languages on one menu that I couldnt speak or understand. After dinner, we went and played pool in Serrano Plaza (an area very close to our hostel that is filled with bars and restraunts) and called it a night around 2.
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